Man’s alcohol-fuelled crime spree included wedding interruption and assault of security guard
06:30 08 February 2013
An alcohol-fuelled spree of criminal behaviour, including the disruption of a wedding, has seen a north Norfolk man warned he will kill himself or someone else if he cannot conquer his addiction.
"There was a wedding going on and rather unfortunately the defendant decided to join in when in a drunken state.
He told a woman he would leave if she would kiss him and his general behaviour led her to feel scared and uncomfortable."
It was also said the drunken rampage happened while the man already had an indefinite antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) in place which banned him from drinking in any pub, club or public place in Norfolk.
Darren Pasque, of Holt Road, Gresham, pleaded guilty to eight different offences, all committed during a 16-day spell, when he appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Monday, December 3.
Christopher Youell, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday, explained the criminal behaviour started on Friday, October 26 when Pasque went into Straits fish and chip shop in Sheringham at around 3pm and threatened a man working behind the counter with a plastic fork when he was “clearly drunk”.
The next day he was drunkenly abusive to a woman in Gresham, who asked him to remove empty bottles of alcohol which he had thrown in her brown garden waste wheelie bin.
Later that day the 48-year-old interrupted a wedding at Gresham’s Chaucer Barn, with Mr Youell saying: “There was a wedding going on and rather unfortunately the defendant decided to join in when in a drunken state.
“He told a woman he would leave if she would kiss him and his general behaviour led her to feel scared and uncomfortable.”
Mr Youell said Pasque then continued his drunken behaviour on Sunday, November 4, in Prince of Wales Road, Norwich.
As well as this breaching his ASBO, the third breach of the order during his crime spree, Pasque assaulted a security guard at the Prince of Wales Road Tesco Metro, by punching him in the head and arms, before causing criminal damage to a police car.
The spree was then concluded back in north Norfolk on Saturday, November 10, in Bodham, when Pasque was breathalysed by police and found to be two times over the legal drink-drive limit and arrested.
He had been kept in custody ever since after triggering a six-month sentence.
Jonathan Goodman, in mitigation, said: “Seeing Darren Pasque now, off the drink and calm, he is a very pleasant, mild-mannered, thoughtful and insightful man. He is simply incapable of controlling his drinking.”
Mr Goodman added: “His family are a thoroughly decent and law-abiding family and he has been a constant disappointment to them and himself.”
It was said Pasque’s first coviction had happened in 1987 and the judge sentencing the case, Stephen Holt, said Pasque had been convicted 22 times for 44 offences during his lifetime and said “nearly all as a result of addiction to alcohol”.
Judge Holt said: “You may kill somebody when drink-driving, in which case you would be incarcarated for many years, but the person you kill will be dead and my main interest is in protecting the public.
“I’m afraid looking at your welfare is well down the list as you have been given opportunity after opportunity, so I have to look to protect the public from your behaviour.”
He then handed Pasque a 14-month prison sentence for his collective offences, but suspended it for two years and imposed a 12-month supervision order to work on his addiction with the probation service.
There were further tough words for Pasque before he was released however, with judge Holt adding: “You are in your late 40s now and you are going to kill yourself.”